The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today set out his Transport Strategy, which includes a major fillip for West London – a commitment to the West London Orbital line from Brent Cross to Hounslow.
The plan, which outline plans for tansport for the next 25 years, was presented to the London Assembly for consideration before final publication in the coming weeks.
The Mayor’s Transport Strategy will act as the backbone of transport planning across London. The Mayor says it will help deliver his ambition for 80 per cent of trips in London to be made on foot, by cycle or using public transport by 2041.
The strategy now also includes the potential for a West London Orbital rail line, connecting Hounslow with Cricklewood and Hendon via Old Oak, Neasden and Brent Cross – the first draft did not, testament to lobbying from among others the West London Alliance.
This new line, delivered through TfL, the West London Alliance, boroughs and Network Rail, could potentially support the delivery of an additional 20,000 homes, as well as employment growth in west London.
There will also be new Tube trains and signalling giving more frequent and reliable services, the opening of the Elizabeth line, extensions to the Tube and Overground, new green buses and taxis, new river crossings, and the hoped for transformation of London’s streets to make walking, cycling and public transport the most appealing and practical choices for Londoners. The strategy also reiterates how vital Crossrail 2 and a transformed suburban rail metro service are for the capital’s future economy, jobs and homes.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “I’ve been clear that we need to be bold in how our city operates as London’s population grows, and this means not only investing record amounts in new infrastructure like extensions to the tube, rail and Crossrail 2, but working with boroughs and local communities to reduce our reliance on car use across London”.